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Sequim footballers to wear veterans' jerseys for in-game salute

September 20th, 2013 - 5:26am

(Sequim) -- It is a special salute to the military tonight at Sequim High School.

       Sequim varsity football players will be wearing special camouflage jerseys during tonight’s game with Bremerton.

        Each jersey was sponsored by an individual to be customized with the name of an active, retired or deceased soldier or a person who served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

        The name of the soldier is printed on the upper back panel of the jersey where the player's name traditionally goes. 

        During tonight's game, when a player makes a play, public address announcer Mike Lippert and Newsradio KONP's Sequim broadcast team of Dan Kari and Coach Phil Langston will be announcing the soldier's name on the jersey. 

        At the end of the game, players will present their jerseys to the person who sponsored it as a keepsake.

        The order forms had to be turned in back in July in order to place the customized order in time for the game.          Each jersey cost 68 dollars.  Forty-nine jerseys were ordered and will be worn by thirty-two players during the football game. 

        Sequim High School teacher and assistant football coach Dana Minard had the idea for giving special recognition to those who have served in the military and teaching his students and team about leadership, honor and brotherhood.

   A Color Guard unit from the U.S. Coast Guard will be present at tonight's game.         Spectators coming to the game tonight are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. 

       You can hear Newsradio KONP's streamcast of the game online with a click of the Sequim Wolves logo at konp.com tonight, beginning with the pregame at 6:30.

       The game will be rebroadcast on the radio tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 right after the Husky game on AM 1450 and FM 101.7.

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